Full Connection Meditation

This Full Connection Meditation came to me from Lama Surya Das, with love and blessings. It came on a day in which three other quotes on love from Ram Das, Martha Beck and David Brazier. Click on the links to check them out! The mind is not always The best neighborhood to live in. For […]

Lesson On Gratitude from Louise Hay

This lesson on gratitude from Louise Hay is right in line with my practice and my teachings. This excerpt came in my email today. Enjoy! I have noticed that the Universe loves gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say “goodies,” I don’t mean only material things. I mean […]

9 Minutes of Mindfulness a Day…

9 minutes of mindfulness a day can help you in so many ways reports the Harvard Business Review. The article is called “Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything,” but don’t chide me for the extra minute. I have been spouting 9 minutes of mindfulness a day […]

The Zen Teachings of Bagger Vance

A few nights ago, we re-watched The Legend of Bagger Vance in which Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon learns the Zen teachings of Bagger Vance, played by Will Smith. Junuh is in a golf tournament with two top players in Savannah, Georgia and has fallen 12 stokes behind. Bagger Vance gives Junuh the following […]

Daraja – the Bridge to Reducing Climate Change

Tuesday night I witnessed something very moving that has a great effect on reversing climate change. As I reported before, Paul Hawken’s book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, reports that the sixth and seventh most promising solutions to climate change are respectively, Educating Women and Family Planning. Together, these […]

Practice Kindness

One of the many things that you can do for your happiness and the happiness of others is to practice kindness. Kindness has the capacity to spread like wildfire. If you are kind to the grocery clerk who checked you out, he or she will be kind to the rest of the people she serves […]

Focusing and Meditation

These words of wisdom on Focusing and Meditation from David Rome, are an excellent introduction for meditation practitioners. Focusing is a psychological process invented by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, a philosopher and psychotherapist who was very influential in my life. He was a protege of Carl Rogers and was known for his development of a phenomenological […]

Gratitude Teachings by The Buddha

In the Netflix series on Buddha, there was an interesting conversation with a householder couple that presented the gratitude teachings of the Buddha. I have reproduced the English translations here, along with a snap shot of the couple. Buddha: It is important to have harmony in a married life. If the husband and wife share […]

Walk With Me

Last Friday, I attended the world theatrical premier of a new film by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis called, “Walk With Me.” It is tagged as “A journey in mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh.” The movie was narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and featured monks and nuns from Plum Village. Sister Dinh Nghiem was present […]

Gratitude and Desire

In my new book, Mindfulness Breaks: The path to inner peace and happiness (under construction,) I have a whole chapter on gratitude and offer a Gratitude Mindfulness Break. Gratitude is an important practice if we want to get beyond being self-centered and progress in spiritual development. This is something I have learned from personal experience. […]